PhD Research Fellow in Cybersecurity for 5G

Deadline: 09.01.2022

University of South-Eastern Norway

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The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences have a vacancy for a position as PhD Research Fellow in Cybersecurity for 5G

About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a temporary full time position as PhD Research Fellow in "Cybersecurity for 5G".

The position is located at the Department of Microsystems (IMS) and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Campus Vestfold (Horten).

The appointment is either for a term of four years with 25% teaching obligations or three years with no teaching obligations. This is negotiable, and needs to be decided before entering the job.

About the PhD-project

The PhD- project is part of the Raksha research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The aim of the Raksha project is to improve security for critical communications provided by 5G systems. The PhD-project will focus on technologies for Cyber Security in general, with specific focus on security for 5G Core Networks.

The research project tasks will typically involve theoretical modelling, develop of prototype software tools, analysis and experimentation of scientific publications, writing of scientific publications as well as some project management.


The educational requirements for the post is a master's degree of minimum 120 ETC within:

  • Cybersecurity/Digital security, or
  • Informatics, ICT, Cryptography or similar, with a focus on security

The candidate must be able to work independently and at the same time share knowledge and take part in team work. Personal suitability for the post will be emphasised.

The preferred skills set includes (should be documented):

  • Good programming skills: C/C++, JavaScript, Pyton and similar
  • Security protocols and cryptography
  • Threat modelling and formal verification
  • Security testing, pentest, fuzz testing
  • 5G technologies (system signaling, system architecture and core network)
  • 4G/5G security architecture

Documented knowledge of REST API technologies, OAuth 2, JSON/JOSE and TLS is also beneficial.

It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Applied Micro- and Nanotechnology within three months of accession in the position. For admission to the Programme the weighted average grade of B or higher is required.

Candidates with confirmed citizenship from EU, NATO and "Five Eyes" countries will be preferred for this position. The reason is that cybersecurity research may involve collaboration with national security organisations which requires security clearance.

We offer

  • A stimulating and growing research environment, with good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 491 200 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position.

A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee’s salary.

Other information

The Academic Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellowships is responsible for the appointment. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. The candidates deemed best qualified will be invited to an interview.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post. Please note that approved work permit is a prerequisite for the employment.

According to its human resources policy, the University of South-Eastern Norway targets a balanced gender composition and aims to recruit persons with a background as an immigrant. The Department has few women/men appointed in scientific positions, and women/men are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

Contact information

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How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Transcripts and diplomas of Bachelor's and Master's Degrees
  • Other relevant certificates (if applicable, must be specified)
  • A cover letter/motivation letter
  • Documentation of english proficiency
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (including contact information)

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

The application will be assessed on the basis of the attached documentation as requested above. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application deadline.

The University has been awarded a Charter & Code certificate by the European Commission, and is entitled to use the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo. The University is also a member of the EURAXESS network, which contributes to good working conditions for mobile researchers.

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